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Ok, so in the start of my business things were picking up slowly, hardly any customers for lawn service, just gutter cleaning.

I was called to give an estimate for a customer, she had the smallest lawn I have ever seen. I thought to myself, "Should I forget this customer, or take the job?" I figured I mind as well, it won't hurt me.

This customer, the one who's paying for my toilet paper, has loved my service & got me 2 new customers who are paying close to $500.00.

One of my $500.00 customers has now taken a look at my referral program & said, "I want to get a $100.00 gift card! I'll get you 5 customers guaranteed!"

She already got me 1 customer on the same day.

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So basically, if your starting out make sure you take the crummy lawns & either their neighbors will see you, or the customer will let their friends know!

I also had a nice & busy day yesterday, I went to my girlfriends at 5pm & slept until 7:30am... It was amazing!
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Do you have any advice on gaining referrals? Do you ask customers if they can send you more customers or what is your advice on how best to go about this?
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Well my advice would be - be generous if you believe it will pay off.

One of my customers didn't know about my referral program - So I stayed true after she got me a customer & I told her she has won a free movie pass, if she gets more customers for me, she could win more. She was surprised & loves the idea!

Another customer of mine didn't get me a new customer, but her neighbor had hired me.

I went up to her & said I will give her a movie ticket out of my generosity, & all she has to do is get me one more to win a $25.00 gift card from Futureshop, or 2 customers to win a free gutter cleaning... etc'

She wants her gutters cleaned so is now getting me phone calls!

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Ok, so in the start of my business things were picking up slowly, hardly any customers for lawn service, just gutter cleaning.

I was called to give an estimate for a customer, she had the smallest lawn I have ever seen. I thought to myself, "Should I forget this customer, or take the job?" I figured I mind as well, it won't hurt me.

This customer, the one who's paying for my toilet paper, has loved my service & got me 2 new customers who are paying close to $500.00.

One of my $500.00 customers has now taken a look at my referral program & said, "I want to get a $100.00 gift card! I'll get you 5 customers guaranteed!"

She already got me 1 customer on the same day.

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So basically, if your starting out make sure you take the crummy lawns & either their neighbors will see you, or the customer will let their friends know!

I also had a nice & busy day yesterday, I went to my girlfriends at 5pm & slept until 7:30am... It was amazing!
7:30 am? 7:30 comes around twice a day?

You're referral program interests me. You give a $100.00 gift card for 5 referrals? Am I interpriting that right? What kind of gift card do you give?

I took on a one time mowing job at the start of my business for a man going on vacation. It was a small lawn and only took me about 30 minutes total on the job. While there I trimmed some overhanging branches. I got a yearly contract out of it. I now advertize one time mowing for vacationers. Got 6 so far and 2 more contracts.

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7:30 am? 7:30 comes around twice a day?

You're referral program interests me. You give a $100.00 gift card for 5 referrals? Am I interpriting that right? What kind of gift card do you give?

I took on a one time mowing job at the start of my business for a man going on vacation. It was a small lawn and only took me about 30 minutes total on the job. While there I trimmed some overhanging branches. I got a yearly contract out of it. I now advertize one time mowing for vacationers. Got 6 so far and 2 more contracts.

Don't pass anything up.

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My referral program is pretty neat.

1 customer: Movie pass
Usually new homeowners or young people will be interested, & single moms etc.

New homeowners are NEW and I wont expect them to bring me tons of customers. I thought a movie pass would be a smart move.

2 customers: Futureshop gift card... blah

3 customers: Free gutter cleaning, no sweat off my back! I only use my blower for 5 minutes, the rest is all time which I can't lose money unless I'm on a tight schedule. A lot of homeowners would love this, they could save hundreds, or even less $35.00 for my service.

4 customers: The big one, everyone wants this, everyone goes to home depot... It's something to aim for, no one really likes a future shop card or maybe doesn't care about gutter cleaning, so they will aim higher & get the home depot card. Awesome.

The last one, it's a $100.00 gift card for our main mall in the west island. The card works on every shop inside the mall, it basically is everything I offer, in one spot, with more money to spend. And it's as simple as getting me 5 customers, doesn't sound challenging when your the customer.
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Your referal program looks like money well spent to me.
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thanks everyone!

I wish I could win a movie ticket, my referrals don't count !! lol
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I've seen this somewhere else. I'm not sure where but I recall someone doing the same thing.

Looks like a good idea to me. I may implement that too, but change free gutter service to something else.
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